Gingrich was responding to Van Susteren’s comment that the president’s schedule is open this week — and therefore he could appear on ‘The View’ and still meet with foreign leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly:
Gingrich responded, “I’m assuming there’s some rhythm to Barack Obama that the rest of us don’t understand — whether he needs large amounts of rest, whether he needs to go play basketball for awhile. I don’t watch ESPN–I don’t quite know what his rhythms are. But this is a guy who is a brilliant performer as an orator who may well get reelected at the present date. And who, frankly, happens to be a partial, part-time president. I mean he really is a lot like the substitute referees in the sense that he’s not a real president.”
Van Susteren then asked the Speaker to look at Secretary Clinton’s schedule and proceeded to check off the list of foreign leaders she had met with this past week.
Gingrich said that Clinton “is a serious person,” while “Barack Obama is an ambitious person.”
He explained that Clinton and Obama have very different personalities: “Hillary Clinton gets up every day thinking about public policy; Barack Obama gets up every day thinking about Barack Obama,” Gingrich said.